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Project ME

So it’s December 14, 2009.

Relatively few days left of this year, moving towards a whole new year, a new opportunity for more good things to come.

Looking back on this year, I have mostly positive feelings for everything that has happened. I’m grateful for my family, friends, my job, and the forum and friends I have found here 🙂

Part of what I am grateful for is my ability to step back and gain perspective on situations. I am the type of person who pushes herself a lot. I have had to push myself through a lot of fear and anxiety in the past, and it always gotten me far. It allowed me to grow as a person and push myself to achieve something even when part of me didn’t believe I could do it. In general, if I have fear or anxiety about something, it’s generally because there is something there that I’m not dealing with….that I need to deal with so that I can move past it and just get the F over it!

And so dear scale, you may not like me, and some days I may not like you, but we’re going to learn to get along!

And YOU……

I see you there, hiding behind every box in my pantry….you sneaky bitches!!! Well guess what? We’re going to get along too!  (We’ll all be singing Kumbaya before you know it! LOL )

And thus it begins…..

PROJECT ME

Goals: (in no particular order, just sounds nice this way!)

  • Lose weight
  • Get fit
  • Feel great!

Goal #1: Lose weight

What:

  • Long term: 30-35 lb weight loss
  • Short term: approximately 5-8 lbs/month

How:

  • Logging my food here everyday
  • Counting calories
  • Creating an average deficit of 500 calories per day via diet and adjusting my daily calorie target with every 10 lb loss
  • Exercising to aid the deficit
  • Continuing to follow the food guidelines I have laid out in my “Plan” section

How I will measure my weight loss:

  • Weekly weigh ins will be reinstated
  • Weekly measurements

When will I complete this goal?

  • I will strive to complete my goal by May 10, 2010–my two year wedding anniversary

How will I celebrate?

  • I will celebrate the loss of every 10 lbs and/or every dress size….and whenever I feel a celebration is in order! 🙂
  • If it fits, I will parade around in my wedding dress on May 10, 2010.

Goal #2: Get Fit

What:

  • Engage in some sort of cardiovascular activity for at least 30 minutes, at least 5 times per week
  • Begin sessions with a trainer (which I paid for quite some time ago but didn’t end up going out of fear and embarassment)
  • Get to the point where you can run for at least 30/45/60 minutes with minimal breaks
  • Run a 10K this spring/early summer

How:

  • Logging my workouts here
  • Hitting the gym straight after work
  • Scheduling my training sessions in advance
  • Looking into different ways of being active this winter: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.

How will I measure my fitness?

  • Keep track of how long I can run without stopping
  • Keep track of how much weight I am pushing, how many crunches I can do, etc.
  • Monitor “functional fitness”: ease of movement and strength in everyday life
  • Run the Easter Seals Run/Walk-athon 10K Race on May 30, 2010.

When will I complete this goal?

  • I will complete the race, but fitness is not an end. It’s a beginning 🙂

Goal #3: Feel Great!

  • Eat a mostly raw salad OR Green Monster everyday
  • Continue to eat the foods listed in The Plan
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get 10 minutes of sunshine (if not working the 0700-1930 dayshift) everyday if possible
  • Do something for ME once a week : massage, manicure, yoga class, meditation, dinner/coffee out with friends, movie,  a classical concert/opera
  • Make myself an actual PRIORITY in my life
  • Because not everyone is as lucky as we are: get involved in social/local causes. This month: CP24/CHUM Christmas Wish

How?

  • Make a checklist: water, sunshine, salad!
  • Plan in advance: schedule ME time
  • Weekly check in with myself–how am I feeling? So far, so good!

And so it begins….TOMORROW!

Stats to be updated tomorrow and it all goes down here, folks! I’m serious about getting down to business. And boy, am I looking forward to continuing with the progress that I have made 🙂

I have this funny feeling that a year from now, I’m going to be a very different person!!!

K, I’m off to plan my dinner party!

Have a fantastic day everyone! Will post later 🙂

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